Lecturer II, Quechua Language
Adela was born in the rural community of Ch'isikata of the Yauri-Espinar Province in the Cusco region of Peru, grazing llamas with her family. Adela received a Bachelor's degree in Education with a concentration in Biology and Ecology from La Universidad Nacional of San Antonio Abad del Cusco in 2007, a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies with a specialty in Environmental Anthropology in 2012, and a Master’s degree in International Studies with a specialty in Latin American Resource Management in 2013. Her Quechua short story “Aya umamanta” received an honorable mention for the "Interregional Culture Prize" competition organized by the National Culture Institute of Cusco, Peru. This achievement solidified her passion for sharing the Quechua language (runa-simi), bringing her to Michigan to lecture. She infuses her classes with her rich knowledge of ethnobotany, cultural exchange, and storytelling.
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